Irrfan deserved National Award long back

Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan bagged the national awards this year for his performance in 'Paan Singh Tomar'. But the actor says the prestigious award has come his way after several disappointments.

Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, the film saw Irrfan playing the character of Paan Singh Tomar, a former national steeplechase champion-turned-bandit. The actor says, "I thought I should have got it for 'Haasil', which was my first film with Tigmanshu Dhulia. Then I thought I'd get it for Mira Nair's 'The Namesake'. So it has been a fairly lengthy time-span of disappointments."

Irrfan is happy to share the National Award for the best actor with Vikram Gokhale. 

"In fact, actress Usha Jadhav, who won the National Award for best actress, messaged to say how honoured she was to be part of the awards with me. I feel the National Awards are important, as they still have a credibility denied to many of the popular awards. Yes, I feel getting a National Award is prestigious."

More than himself, Irrfan is pleased for his director and for the people who wanted him to get nationally honoured for 'Paan Singh Tomar'.
"More than myself I am happy for Tigmanshu," said Irrfan who noticed an unusual public participation in the collective desire that he win.

The actor said: "I was amazed at how passionately people wanted me to get the National Award for 'Paan Singh Tomar'. It was almost like a public campaign. Everyone took it personally. And somewhere when I got the honour, they were relieved more than overjoyed. If I had not won it, I think people would have seen it as another indication of the imminent collapse of the 'system'. In my victory, they feel vindicated."

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